HOLLYWOOD PARK/DEL MAR
(opens Wednesday, July 22)
DAPPER GENE/SANTAMONICACANYON: Both horses were exiting the same race, a race in which Dapper Gene actually finished in front of Santamonicacanyon. Dapper Gene was sent off at 36/1 and Canyon was sent off at 4/1. What happened? Dapper won and paid $74.80! The exacta paid $492.60 for a $2 wager, so check those horses exiting the same race, especially if one is a big overlay.
CHIEFS LAKE: Was last seen at Aqueduct back in 2007, but showed up here in the Ted West barn. He ran huge under the up and coming jockey Reyes Santiago. If this guy doesn’t bounce he will win his next time out.
MAN TO MAN: Is in top form and may have won his last but got stuck down on the inside for just a moment. He came out into the stretch but was a head too late as one of three heads on the line.
LUNADA BAY: First time starter ran a winning race but could not run down the 8/5 chalk. However, he was clear of the rest at 20/1. You won’t see that price next time, but you will see this guy in the winners circle in the very near future. $$$
LADDIES POKER: Had not raced since last October but looked sensational on the track for trainer Doug O’Neill. He was the best in the race, but jockey Tyler Baze made a bad decision when he shot to the inside instead of staying on the outside, losing the head bob by a nostril. No mistakes for this guy next time out. Send it in! $$$$$
M ONE RIFLE: Fired out of the gate like an M1 rifle and destroyed a good group of straight maidens in a very scary performance. Future stakes horse.
ELEVENTH HOUR: Was spotted for a big race and looked like the winner until she ducked into the rail after being hit right handed. Then the jock lost his irons and just dropped her back. If all is ok, she’ll win next time out.
GALLANT GENT: Was a sneaky first time starter out of the Janet Armstrong barn. She’s pulled this off in the past. Gent was bet early and late but it looked like the horse gods did him in. He got squeezed and steadied hard at the start putting him dead last and far back in this 5 ½ furlong race. I actually quit watching for him. Then out of no where he was coming but, as the horse gods would have it, he had to take up and check hard off heels. He then swung five wide and stormed home for the win in an amazing performance. He was claimed and it will be interesting to see how he runs next time out for his new connections.
ADEBAYOR: Was a very hard luck loser in his last start getting nosed after battling tooth and nail the entire race. This guy can run and likes the grass.
JOE CARL/RECESS: These are two more Doug O’Neill claims. This stable is gearing up for Del Mar.
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